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November 22, 2013

Family Drug Store Owner Donates Property to SC College of Pharmacy

For Julian A. Reynolds, Jr., ’67, Pharmacy, long-time owner of Reynolds Drug Store in Andrews. S.C., longevity is an important component of success. The store has been in the family since his father—who was also a railroad engineer—started it in 1950 by working two jobs. It has remained at its present location since 1959.

Sometimes, however, it’s time to embrace change. Reynolds, who lives with his wife of more than 40 years, Martha, in a spacious home near Reynolds Drug, decided it was time to “get out of the property business.” They have donated a 27-acre tract of yet-to-be-developed property in Conway, S.C., near Myrtle Beach, to the University of South Carolina Educational Foundation. Its sale will benefit the South Carolina College of Pharmacy-Columbia campus.

The property is near a residential area and one mile from a new middle school. “The University came and took a look at it, and from what I understand, were pleased,” Reynolds said.

The Reynolds have contributed prominently and often over the years. Among their numerous gifts to the College of Pharmacy in Columbia is The Julian A. Reynolds, Jr. Bicentennial Scholarship, initiated more than a decade ago for the benefit of promising doctor of pharmacy students.

They are also long-time Gamecock Club supporters who attend home football games and love to tailgate. They do so in the company of his college roommate and Sigma Chi fraternity brother, Michael Edge Sr., ’66, and his wife, Kelly.

“Paying it forward” by helping today’s pharmacy students achieve their dreams is important to the Reynolds. “We would not be where we’ve been if it were not for God and the University,” he said.

The College of Pharmacy, in turn, rewarded his dedication to professionalism in pharmacy and civic service with its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year honor for 2013. “That was quite a treat, something I never would have imagined. Actually, it was a total shock. When (Columbia pharmacy campus Dean) Randall Rowen called, I choked up a bit and had to pull over to the side of the road.”

Reynolds assumed operation of Reynolds Drug during the late 1970s. Through the years, he has become a loyal member of the Lions Club and Rotary Club of Andrews, and serves as an Elder at Andrews Presbyterian Church. His niece, Jessica Legge, is a pharmacist and part owner of Reynolds Drug Store.

Martha Reynolds was an elementary teacher for 11 years before joining her husband at Reynolds Drug. Pharmacy customers entering the business view her contribution each visit because of its inviting gift store qualities.
–Larry Di Giovanni, Development Communications